Interview & Giveaway with the Author of The Jane Austen Society, Natalie Jenner

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress: 

In anticipation of the paperback release of one of my favorite novels of 2020, I have re-read The Jane Austen Society, by Natalie Jenner. Like Austen’s novels, I have picked up on new insights into the characters and themes and see the story in a new light. I highly recommend a re-read and envy those who will be discovering the story for the first time.

The paperback edition released this week on July 6th and it is packed with exciting extras:

  • A map illustrating the town of Chawton and the homes of the characters
  • A Reader’s Guide which includes:
  • A Conversation with Natalie Jenner,
  • An Exclusive Author Essay: Prescribing Jane Austen for Difficult Times
  • Recommended Reading
  • Reading Group Questions

For those unfamiliar with the novel here is a description from the publisher and a link to our review.


“Fans of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society will adore The Jane Austen Society… A charming and memorable debut, which reminds us of the universal language of literature and the power of books to unite and heal.” ―Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris

Just after the Second World War, in the small English village of Chawton, an unusual but like-minded group of people band together to attempt something remarkable.

One hundred and fifty years ago, Chawton was the final home of Jane Austen, one of England’s finest novelists. Now it’s home to a few distant relatives and their diminishing estate. With the last bit of Austen’s legacy threatened, a group of disparate individuals come together to preserve both Jane Austen’s home and her legacy. These people―a laborer, a young widow, the local doctor, and a movie star, among others―could not be more different and yet they are united in their love for the works and words of Austen. As each of them endures their own quiet struggle with loss and trauma, some from the recent war, others from more distant tragedies, they rally together to create the Jane Austen Society.

A powerful and moving novel that explores the tragedies and triumphs of life, both large and small, and the universal humanity in us all, Natalie Jenner’s The Jane Austen Society is destined to resonate with readers for years to come.

In celebration of the paperback release of The Jane Austen Society, I brought together two of my favorite Austen-inspired writers and asked them to do an “Author Chat.” Syrie James, author of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen, and Jane Austen’s First Love, agreed to interview Natalie Jenner. What transpired was pure magic revealing insights into Natalie and Syrie’s writing, shared admiration of Jane Austen, and talk of a pilgrimage together to England. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


  • The Jane Austen Society: A Novel, by Natalie Jenner
  • St. Martin’s Griffin (July 6, 2021)
  • Trade paperback (336) pages
  • ISBN:  ‎978-1250797179
  • Genre: Austenesque, Historical Fiction


Book cover and description complements of St. Martin’s Griffin, video © Natalie Jenner and Syrie James; text Laurel Ann Nattress © 2021,

24 thoughts on “Interview & Giveaway with the Author of The Jane Austen Society, Natalie Jenner

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  1. “A laborer, a young widow, the local doctor, and a movie star” sounds like a diverse cast of characters (and brought to mind the theme song to Gilligan’s Island). Look forward to learning more about them and the society.

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  2. I’m looking forward to seeing how the characters love for Jane Austen comes across and parallels to the way we share our love in our Jane Austen Society gatherings.

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  3. I haven’t read this yet but this does look fantastic. There is such a community of Austenites (might have made that name up). Nice to see a book about a community who share the same love and passion. I’m sure this will a very interesting read.

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  4. I love this description: “These people … could not be more different and yet they are united in their love for the works and words of Austen.” This sounds true to reality as people from all walks of life are fans of Jane Austen’s works and are fascinated by her life.

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  5. I absolutely adore this novel and so admire the talented author. I would love to own a copy of the new paperback edition! I look forward to immersing myself again in the story, enjoying the wonderful setting which evokes such fond memories for me, reconnecting with the characters who feel so real and are so sympathetic, and experiencing again the smart and insightful conversations they have about Jane Austen’s novels. And I’d love to have that map and all the extras!!

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  6. I have not read this book but it sounds like a fun story. I’m curious to know if this is a true story or was it inspired by real-life events. I do love all the extra bits that are found in the paperback edition.

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  7. I’ve read and listened and I suspect I will repeat this a few times in the years to come. This was a comfy read for me and one of my favs, too. Love that the paperback comes with such delightful extras.

    Please don’t include me in the giveaway.

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  8. I loved this book but borrowed it from the library. I would like to have a paperback copy so I could lead a discussion at my book club. Thank you for the interesting interview of both of you! Natalie is a very gifted writer.

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  9. I am excited to see the map and photos. As a newbie author myself, who visited Chawton, I am looking for ways to enhance my wip about Jane Austen’s family with illustrations. I loved this book, but look forward to the enhanced version.

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  10. I am dying to share this novel with friends and family alike. I have listened to the audiobook and just love it. A slow re-read will be just the thing to soothe my disappointment at not visiting Chawton this June, as I had planned.

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